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From Broadway To The Bowery

Author : Leonard Getz
ISBN : 9780786487424
Genre : Performing Arts
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In 1935 Sidney Kingsley’s play about streetwise urban kids, Dead End, opened on Broadway featuring 14 adolescent actors. For two years on Broadway and then on tour, Kingsley’s play delivered its social commentary contrasting affluent neighborhoods and tenement slums on New York City’s East River. The film industry picked up the story and in 1937 released Dead End which spawned 23 more years of films and serials featuring the Dead End Kids and their offshoots, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys. This chronicle follows the street kids through the many assorted incarnations, shifting casts and studios. First the reader is introduced to how the original play and film came about. A cast list and analysis of each production follows. For the major players, the author provides a biography and filmography, and several of these entries include a tribute from a friend or family member. Brief biographical profiles are given for other actors. Sketches of the “Dead End” revivals of 1978 and 2005 follow.

Hollywood S Made To Order Punks

Author : Richard Roat
ISBN : 159393467X
Genre : Performing Arts
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Meet and become friends with many of the actors from the Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys! Since he began collecting Movie Memorabilia on the Dead End Kids in 1964, author Richard Roat has had the great fortune to develop personal relationships with David Gorcey, Stanley Clements, Gabe Dell, Bernard Punsly, Huntz Hall, Billy Benedict, Frankie Thomas, Eddie Le Roy, Brandy Gorcey (daughter of Leo Gorcey), Gary Hall (son of Huntz Hall), and Leo Gorcey Jr. (son of Leo Gorcey). This book draws upon those acquaintances and his talking with Billy Halop, Bennie Bartlett, Johnny Duncan, Ward Wood, Dick Chandlee, Eugene Francis, Harris Berger, Charles Peck, Ronald Sinclair, and more! Lavished with many photos from the films from the author's personal collection, this is one book you'll need to have in your collection, tough guy!

Evelyn Brent

Author : Lynn Kear
ISBN : 0786454687
Genre : Performing Arts
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"Evelyn Brent's life and career were going quite well in 1928. But by the end of that year Brent was headed for a quick, downward spiral ending in bankruptcy and occasional work as an extra. What happened is a complicated story laced with bad luck, poor decisions, and treachery detailed in the first and only full-length biography"--Provided by publisher.

Fantasies Of Neglect

Author : Pamela Robertson Wojcik
ISBN : 9780813573625
Genre : Performing Arts
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In our current era of helicopter parenting and stranger danger, an unaccompanied child wandering through the city might commonly be viewed as a victim of abuse and neglect. However, from the early twentieth century to the present day, countless books and films have portrayed the solitary exploration of urban spaces as a source of empowerment and delight for children. Fantasies of Neglect explains how this trope of the self-sufficient, mobile urban child originated and considers why it persists, even as it goes against the grain of social reality. Drawing from a wide range of films, children’s books, adult novels, and sociological texts, Pamela Robertson Wojcik investigates how cities have simultaneously been demonized as dangerous spaces unfit for children and romanticized as wondrous playgrounds that foster a kid’s independence and imagination. Charting the development of free-range urban child characters from Little Orphan Annie to Harriet the Spy to Hugo Cabret, and from Shirley Temple to the Dead End Kids, she considers the ongoing dialogue between these fictional representations and shifting discourses on the freedom and neglect of children. While tracking the general concerns Americans have expressed regarding the abstract figure of the child, the book also examines the varied attitudes toward specific types of urban children—girls and boys, blacks and whites, rich kids and poor ones, loners and neighborhood gangs. Through this diverse selection of sources, Fantasies of Neglect presents a nuanced chronicle of how notions of American urbanism and American childhood have grown up together.

Behind Sach The Huntz Hall Story

Author : Jim Manago
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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“Your father is the American Chaplin.” -- Groucho Marx (speaking to Gary Hall) “Huntz Hall was a complicated person: extremely generous and loving on the one hand, scarily angry and violent on the other. I think the hardest thing for me was the absolute disappearance from my life of a father beginning in the 6th grade and lasting until I got out of high school…I have a priest friend who says you can’t really grow up until you forgive your parents. As I get older I understand my father much better – he was emotionally deprived as a kid, and then he was unprepared for fame and money when they arrived in his teenage years. So he didn’t have the skills to be a parent. He did the best he could with the emotional equipment he had.” -- Rev. Gary Hall (Huntz Hall’s son) Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story presents the life of the actor who made us laugh with his unforgettable and unique persona of Horace DeBussy Jones, better known simply as “Sach.” This is the story of Huntz Hall, who played the zany character in forty-eight Bowery Boys films from the 1946 thru 1958. Someday Hall will be lauded as surely a comic genius as Chaplin. This biography is based upon never before revealed information provided by his only son. It offers a respectful portrait and appreciation of Hall's personal life and an examination of the comedy moments of his beloved Sach.

Colleen Moore

Author : Jeff Codori
ISBN : 9780786449699
Genre : Performing Arts
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Colleen Moore (1899-1988) was one of the most popular and beloved stars of the American silent screen. Remembered primarily as a comedienne in such films as Ella Cinders (1926) and Orchids and Ermine (1927), Moore's career was also filled with dramatic roles that often reflected societal trends. A trailblazing performer, her legacy was somewhat overshadowed by the female stars that followed her, notably Louise Brooks and Clara Bow. An in-depth examination of Moore's early life and film career, the book reveals the ways in which her family and the times in which she lived influenced the roles she chose. Included are forewords written by film historian Joseph Yranski, a friend of the actress, and by Moore's stepdaughter, Judith Hargrave Coleman.

The Gangs Of New York

Author : Herbert Asbury
ISBN : 9780307388988
Genre : History
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Traces the history of the gangs that once terrorized the Bowery, Hell's Kitchen, and Five Points sections of New York, and offers brief profiles of the most influential gang leaders, including Dandy Johnny Dolan, Kit Burns, and Edward Delaney. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Me And The Dead End Kid

Author : Leo Gorcey, Jr.
ISBN : 1929753152
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Charlie Chan At The Movies

Author : Ken Hanke
ISBN : 9780786486618
Genre : Performing Arts
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From his primitive nonseries beginnings through the well known Fox series of 44 films (1931–1949), here is the complete history of famous film detective Charlie Chan. The films are presented in chronological order, with full cast and credits, synopses and evaluations. Biographical details on the three most famous screen Chans—Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, and Roland Winters—and background information on series directors and supporting players, insights into the making of the films, and the full story of the abrupt halt in 1949 as well as an array of the detective’s aphorisms (or Chan-o-grams) are included. Numerous photos throughout.

Cagney By Cagney

Author : James Cagney
ISBN : 9780307768438
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book is for the true fan of James Cagney. Mr. Cagney tells his story as no one can.

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